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Best Time: Aug-Mar Read More

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Poovar Tourism

Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings and refreshing gentle breeze. It is a small rustic town situated 27 kms from Thiruvananthapuram with unspoilt, unexplored beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala highlighting the most striking features of the town.

The most beguiling Poovar Island in Kerala or the God's own country, is the abode of natural beauty. Known for its pristine charm, the island is flocked by peace-lovers. Also known as a fishing village, the tranquil island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River. The point where the sea, river and the land meets is a rare find in Kerala and is a natural wonder. 

Flanked by the Arabian Sea, Neyyar River and Kerala backwaters, you will find swaying coconut trees, banana vegetation, and a lot of other examples of flora and fauna. The island has golden coloured sand and the bewitching sunset gives a perfect background for a romantic date. Since the water is not suitable for swimming, there are no beach activities here. However a cruise to neighboring village amid the clear blue water is possible and could be an unforgettable experience. Poovar is mainly inhabited by the fishing community and it is an ideal getaway to explore the intriguing culture and traditions of the locals. An estuary located adjacent to the Poovar Island is an admiring natural wonder with only the sounds of birds chirping and waves roaring.

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Poovar - Window to Paradise

This paradise has been titled under 50 must-visit places in India by the National Geographic Traveller.The point where the sea, river and the land meets is a rare find in Kerala and a natural wonder. Poovar Island is truly a window into paradise and all you could ask for a perfect holiday destination. It is easily reachable and has a few but isolated and beautiful places to visit. Poovar Beach is the most famous place to visit in Poovar. Separating the Arabian Sea and River Neyyar, it is accessible only via waterways. It is a very scenic beach which is dotted with coconut palms and provides the luxury of solitude and relaxation. Another beach, Kovalam Beach, is one of the prime beaches in India. Located at a little distance from Poovar, it is ideal for indulging in water sports, sunbathing and swimming. Also known as the fishing village, the tranquil island lies between the Arabian Sea and the Neyyar River.  To know the typical Kerala coastal village, you can visit The Fishing Village and know about the unique ways of living of locals. You could also go to the natural port, Vizhinjam. It is very famous for its Ayurvedic treatment centres and internationally acclaimed beach resorts. Known for its pristine charm, the island is flocked by peace-lovers.  A visit to this heaven makes one feel that the clock has stopped ticking. The sheer beauty of this place goes well with the crashing sound of waves and chirping of birds. The deep blue sea, emerald green waters, crimson sunset and golden sands make this island a colourful paradise. The nearby Poovar Island Resort makes your stay even more magical by providing lots of activities. 
With selected yet landscaping places to visit, Poovar is undoubtedly a perfect coastal holiday destination.

History of Poovar

There is an interesting story about how Poovar got its name. When Marthanda Varma Maharaja was declared as the successor of the King, Ettuveetil Pillamar, the other two sons with the help of Madampis tried to seize power. Therefore, the Maharaja had to run away and he ended up in Poovar. Moosa Marikar, a prosperous and noble businessman, provided him with a safe place. He also helped the Maharaja to regain his lost kingdom. During his stay at Poovar, Marthanda Varma was fascinated by the beautiful red flowers, from the Kovala trees which flanked the banks of the Neyyar River. The flowers floating in the river seemed like a red carpet. It is believed that the Maharaja described the river as 'Poo-aar' meaning 'a stream of flowers' and this was how Poovar got its name.

Restaurants and Local Food in Poovar

Visiting a coastal area gives you a chance to savor the mouth watering delicacies. Poovar being a fishing hub offers some of the most delicious fish dishes you ever tasted. In fact, the town houses several multi cuisine restaurants and road side shacks serving local, Chinese, Tamil and North Indian cuisine. You will find a liberal use of coconut in the dishes quite refreshing.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- From your hotel or resort you can head off to the famous Poovar Beach, after a late breakfast. You can have a good beach time here in solitude. It is not at all crowded and is very clean and beautifully landscaping, separating the Arabian Sea and River Neyyar. Leave the beach late afternoon and relax at the hotel.
Day 2- Next day can you can take a houseboat cruise to the Fishing Village. You can get to understand the lives of the fisher folks and typical coastal villages of Kerala. You can also engage in fishing. You could also visit a century-old martial arts village to learn about the ancient martial art form of Kerala - Kalaripayattu.
Day 3- This can be another beach day. However, with recreational activities like water sports. Kovalam Beach can be the place, which has 3 beautiful crescent-shaped beaches, Lighthouse, Hawwah, and Samudra Beach. Lighthouse being the most famous, however, all of these beaches are extremely beautiful. You can leave the beach late afternoon and visit the natural sea port, Vizhinjam. It is internationally acclaimed for its beach resorts and Ayurvedic treatment. After a long day, you can indulge in an Ayurvedic treatment or a massage, which is healing and relaxing at the same time - just what you need on a holiday.

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What's Great?

Poovar is an isolated and unspoilt ecotourism spot in Kerela. Well-known for its clean and golden sandy beach with serene backwaters.

What's Not So Great?

Tropical weather characterised by high humidity due to the coastal area.

For Whom?

Poovar is perfect for travellers who look for unexplored places. It is equally suitable for a family holiday or getaway or a private time for a honeymoon.

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How To Reach Poovar

Being in the Trivandrum district of Kerala, Poovar is well-connected to the many cities in the country. Trivandrum International Airport lies at a distance of about 38 km, Trivandrum Railway Sation at around 35 km and has an extensive network of roads to the rest of the country.

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Q. How long a trip should I plan to fully enjoy Poovar?

Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
Poovar can be completed in just a day.

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Naman Sarawagi 11 months ago
About 40kms from the trivandrum airport. We selected this place over kovalam beach. Kovalam is very famous and that is a problem, makes it very crowded. Poovar is peaceful. Good resorts around the beach and lake.
Rohit Shroff 11 months ago
- Carry a pair of sport shoes for there will be a lot of walking and hiking around.
- Carry a camera to capture the charming beauty of the town.
- Plan your trip in winter season or summers but avoid monsoon due to heavy rainfall.
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